The former advisor to President Trump shares an insider account of the investigation into Russian collusion in a memoir that “unfolds like a spy thriller” (Publishers Weekly).
As a young, ambitious foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, George Papadopoulos became the first Trump official to plead guilty in special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He then became the first campaign advisor sentenced to prison.
But as he explains in Deep State Target, there was an intricate set up at play, and it was neither Trump nor the Russians pulling the strings. American and allied intelligence services set out to destroy a Trump presidency before it even started. Here, Papadopoulos gives the play-by-play of how operatives like Professor Joseph Mifsud, Sergei Millian, Alexander Downer, and Stefan Halper worked to invent a Russian conspiracy that would irreparably damage the Trump administration.
Papadopoulos was there: In secret meetings across the globe, on city streets being tailed by agents, and ultimately being interrogated by Mueller’s team and agreeing to a guilty plea.
A prominent figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia-collusion investigation decries his persecution in this revealing but paranoid memoir. Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser who pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI, tells a troubling story of prosecutors railroading him for what he contends were innocuous misstatements about conversations with people who promised to arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, including a man with purported ties to Russian intelligence who told him that the Russians hacked Hillary Clinton's emails. (No meetings happened, he points out, and he insists he didn't tell the campaign about Clinton's emails.) Papadopoulos's saga unfolds like a spy thriller: he encounters mysterious intelligence operatives from various countries, shady businessmen with bundles of cash, and a seductive Turkish femme fatale, all he says part of a plot by the FBI, CIA, and other deep state reprobates to frame him and Trump. Papadopoulos's conspiracy theory is incoherent and implausible, but he convincingly debunks anti-Trump theorizing about the supposedly sinister contacts of campaign underlings: it wasn't collusion, he argues, but instead the normal, promiscuous networking of on-the-make foreign relations consultants like him looking to gain status by forging connections with and between powerful people. The result is a revealing if luridly overstated insider account of a seemingly central piece of the special counsel investigation.